An intimate and inspirational exploration of Stephen Hawking--the man, the friend, and the physicist. One of the most influential physicists of our time, Stephen Hawking touched the lives of millions. Recalling his nearly two decades as Hawkings collaborator and friends, Leonard Mlodinow brings this complex man into focus in a unique and deeply personal portrayal. We meet Hawking the genius, who ours his mind into uncovering the mysteries of the universe--ultimately formulating a pathbreaking theory of black holes that reignites the discipline of cosmology and paves the way for physicists to investigate the origins of the universe in completely new ways. We meet Hawking the colleagues, a man whose illness leaves him able to communicate at only six words per minute but who expends the effort to punctuate his conversations with humor. And we meet Hawking the friend, who can convey volumes with a frown, a smile, or simply a raised eyebrow. Modinow puts us in the room as Hawking indulges his passion for wine and curry; shares his feelings on love, death, and disability; and grapples with deep questions of philosophy and physics. Whether depicting Hawkings devotion to his work or demonstrating how he would make spur of the moment choices, such as punting on the River Cam (despite the risk the jaunt to posed), or spinning tales of Hawking defiantly urinating in the hedges outside a restaurant that doesnt have a wheelchair accessible toilet, Mlodinow captures his indomitable spirit. This deeply affecting account of a friendship teaches us not just about the nature and practice of physics but also about life and the human capacity to overcome daunting obstacles.
How did a near-extinct species, eking out a meager existence with stone axes, become the dominant power on earth, able to harness a knowledge of nature ranging from tiny atoms to the vast structures of the universe? Leonard Mlodinow takes us on an enthralling tour of the history of human progress, from our time on the African savannah through the invention of written language, all the way to modern quantum physics. Along the way, he explores the colorful personalities of the great philosophers, scientists, and thinkers, and traces the cultural conditions--and the elements of chance--that influenced scientific discovery. Deeply informed, accessible, and infused with the authors trademark humor and insight, The Upright Thinkers is a stunning tribute to humanitys intellectual curiosity and an important book for any reader with an interest in the scientific issues of our day.
Examines how the unconscious mind shapes our experience of the world, and how, for instance, we often misperceive everything from our relationships with family, friends and business associates, the reasons for our investment decisions, to our own past.
An examination of the ways in which the unconscious mind shapes everyday life traces recent scientific advances to reveal the pivotal role of the subliminal mind in influencing experiences and relationships. By the author of The Drunkard's Walk . 100,000 first printing.
Reveals the psychological illusions that prevent us understanding things from stock-picking to wine-tasting, winning the lottery to road safety, as well as the truth about the success of sporting heroes and film stars, and how to make sense of a blood test. This guide helps to understanding our random world.
Il existe déjà La vie rêvée des maths, de David Berlinski...
Voici enfin, grâce à Leonard Mlodinow, le premier livre lumineux sur la géométrie et son histoire.
Quel est notre rapport au temps, à l'espace ? Sommes-nous capables d'expliquer les phénomènes les plus anodins que nous côtoyons quotidiennement, la gravité, la vitesse, l'univers, en bref, tout ce qui rend possible notre civilisation moderne ? L'auteur commence avec Euclide et nous entraîne dans la fabuleuse histoire de la géométrie. Les trajectoires sont multiples et les destins se croisent, de Descartes à Einstein.
Peu de temps suffira au lecteur pour s'exclamer " Eurêka ! " tant les exemples concrets choisis par Mlodinow rendent la lecture stimulante.
Et nul besoin d'être le premier de la classe ! Avec Dans l'oeil du compas, Leonard Mlodinow atteint sa cible, en rendant limpides les concepts et les théories les plus complexes et les plus révolutionnaires.
This is the story of Leonard Mlodinow's first year on the Caltech Faculty in the winter of 1981. It is the narrative of himself as a young physicist trying to find his place in the world, and the wisdom of an old, and dying physicist who helped him - the legendary Richard Feynman.
From the bestselling author of The Drunkard's Walk and Subliminal , this is the inspiring and illuminating story of how we have come to understand the world, from the invention of the very first tools to the mind-bending theories of quantum physics. Leonard Mlodinow guides us through the critical eras and events in the development of science, all of which, he demonstrates, were propelled forward by humankind's collective struggle to know. From the birth of reasoning and culture to the formation of the studies of physics, chemistry, biology, and modern-day quantum physics, we come to see that much of our progress can be attributed to simple questions - why? how? - bravely asked. Mlodinow profiles some of the great philosophers, scientists, and thinkers who explored these questions - Aristotle, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Einstein and Lavoisier among them - and makes clear that just as science has played a key role in shaping the patterns of human thought, human subjectivity has played a key role in the evolution of science. At once authoritative and accessible, and infused with the author's trademark wit, this deeply insightful book is a stunning tribute to humanity's intellectual curiosity.
'Timely and engrossing. . . a fascinating exploration of one of the most important topics: how the human mind deals with change' - Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit 'A book of sparkling intelligence, written with humour and grace. If you read only one book of accessible science this year, let this be the one' - Mark Williams, author of Mindfulness The bestselling author of The Drunkard's Walk and Subliminal unlocks the secrets of flexible thinking. What do Pokemon Go and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein have in common? Why do some businesses survive, and others fail at the first sign of change? What gives the human brain the edge over computers? The answer: Elastic Thinking. It's an ability we all possess, and one that we can all learn to hone in order to succeed, at work and in our everyday lives. Here Leonard Mlodinow, whose own flexible thinking has taken him from physics professor to TV scriptwriter and bestselling author, takes us on a revelatory exploration of how elasticity works. He draws on cutting-edge neuroscience to show how, millennia ago, our brains developed an affinity for novelty, idea generation and exploration. He discovers how flexible thinking enabled some of the greatest artists, writers, musicians and innovators to create paradigm shifts. He investigates the organisations that have demonstrated an elastic ability to adapt to new technologies. And he reveals how you can test your own brain power and increase your capacity for elastic thinking. By uncovering the secrets of our flexible minds, Elastic explains how to thrive in an endlessly dynamic world, at a time when an ability to adapt is more important than ever before.
The best-selling author of Subliminal and The Drunkards Walk teaches you how to tap into the hidden power of your brain. Elastic is a book that will help you survive the whirlwind. --Daniel H. Pink, author of When and A Whole New Mind Named to the 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards Longlist In this startling and provocative look at how the human mind deals with change, Leonard Mlodinow shows us to unleash the natural abilities we all possess so we can thrive in dynamic and troubled times. Truly original minds capitalize when everyone else struggles. And most of us assume that these abilities are innate, reserved for a select few. But Mlodinow reveals that we all possess them, that we all have encoded in our brains a skill he terms elastic thinking--and he guides us in how to harness it. Drawing on groundbreaking research, Mlodinow outlines how we can learn to let go of comfortable ideas and become accustomed to ambiguity and contradiction; how we can rise above conventional mindsets and reframe the questions we ask; and how we can improve our ability to solve problems and generate new ideas--critical skills for achieving professional and personal success in our quickly morphing world.
Pourquoi et comment l'Univers a-t-il commencé ? Pourquoi y a-t-il quelque chose plutôt que rien ? Quelle est la nature de la réalité ? Comment expliquer que les lois naturelles soient aussi finement ajustées ? Et nous, pourquoi donc existons-nous ?
Longtemps réservées aux philosophes et aux théologiens, ces interrogations relèvent désormais aussi de la science. C'est ce que montrent ici avec brio et simplicité Stephen Hawking et Leonard Mlodinow, s'appuyant sur les découvertes et les théories les plus récentes, qui ébranlent nos croyances les plus anciennes.
Pour eux, inutile d'imaginer un plan, un dessein, un créateur derrière la nature. La science explique bel et bien à elle seule les mystères de l'Univers.
Des réponses nouvelles aux questions les plus élémentaires : lumineux et provocateur !
Le premier ouvrage important de Stephen Hawking depuis dix ans.
L'univers est-il conscient ? Quelle est la nature de la connexion entre le cerveau et l'esprit ? Dieu existe-t-il ou est-ce une illusion ? Deux experts remarquables, Deepak Chopra, médecin, et Léonard Moldinow, physicien, co-auteur avec Stephen Hawking de Y-a-t-il un grand architecte dans l'univers ?, se sont lancés dans un débat passionnant et enflammé. Dans Qui détient la clé de l'univers ?, Chopra soutient qu'une intelligence est à l'oeuvre dans un univers qui a du sens. À l'opposé, Mlodinow se sert de la physique, de la génétique et de la cosmologie pour expliquer rationnellement notre univers. Deux visions s'affrontent, l'une spirituelle, l'autre matérialiste, pour la plus grande fascination des lecteurs en quête de vérités.
Presents scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe. This title reveals the Model dependent realism, the multi verse, the top-down theory of cosmology, and the unified M-theory. It also includes discoveries that are altering our understanding and threatening some of our most cherished belief systems.
Addresses the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, the history and future of the universe. This book guides nonscientists in the search for the tantalizing secrets at the heart of time and space.
In this title, the author argues that there is design in our universe and a deep intelligence behind life. Without defending organised religion, he debunks randomness as an explanation for how Nature evolves and shows how consciousness comes first and matter second.
Argues that there is design in our universe and a deep intelligence behind life. Without defending organised religion, this title debunks randomness as an explanation for how Nature evolves and shows how consciousness comes first and matter second.
Two bestselling authors first met in a televised Caltech debate on «the future of God,» one an articulate advocate for spirituality, the other a prominent physicist. This remarkable book is the product of that serendipitous encounter and the contentious-but respectful-clash of worldviews that grew along with their friendship.
In War of the Worldviews these two great thinkers battle over the cosmos, evolution and life, the human brain, and God, probing the fundamental questions that define the human experience.
How did the universe emerge?
What is the nature of time?
What is life?
Did Darwin go wrong?
What makes us human?
What is the connection between mind and brain?
Is God an illusion?
This extraordinary book will fascinate millions of readers of science and spirituality alike, as well as anyone who has ever asked themselves, What does it mean that I am alive?
L'Univers est-il totalement compréhensible par la science ou doit-on avoir recours à une entité divine, quelle qu'elle soit, pour l'expliquer et donner un sens à nos vies ? Chopra nous livre ici un débat captivant sur des sujets tels que le cosmos, la vie, l'esprit et le cerveau, Dieu... Son interlocuteur est Leonard Mlodinow, docteur en physique théorique, coauteur de Stephen Hawkins (Y a-t-il un grand architecte dans l'Univers ?), partisan d'une explication rationnelle, matérialiste de l'homme et de l'Univers. A la lumière de cette confrontation, vive mais amicale, conclurez-vous que la science et la spiritualité ne peuvent se trouver ensemble sur la même route ? Ou, comme Deepak Chopra, penserez-vous que l'on peut avoir maintenant une vision d'une science nouvelle et plus large, sans coeurs vides ni âmes abandonnées, une science amie de la conscience et de nos voyages intérieurs ?
When and how did the universe begin? Why are we here? Is the apparent 'grand design' of our universe evidence for a benevolent creator who set things in motion? Or does science offer another explanation? In The Grand Design, the most recent scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe is presented in language marked by both brilliance and simplicity. Model dependent realism, the multiverse, the top-down theory of cosmology, and the unified M-theory - all are revealed here.
This is the first major work in nearly a decade by one of the world's greatest thinkers. A succinct, startling and lavishly illustrated guide to discoveries that are altering our understanding and threatening some of our most cherished belief systems, The Grand Design is a book that will inform - and provoke - like no other.